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About catholicsensibility

Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.

Blessed Easter To All

A few of you Eastern Hemisphere readers have already celebrated Easter Vigil as I type this. So I thought I’d go ahead and wish you a Blessed Grand Feast. Happy Easter to all the rest of you, too, whenever you come by … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: John 19:13-37

The suffering and death of Jesus from the Passion of Saint John’s Gospel is a single offering in the Reconciliation Lectionary. Let’s read: When Pilate heard these words he brought Jesus out and seated him on the judge’s bench in … Continue reading

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Sleep

I had about a half-hour last night before rehearsing with one of the Easter Vigil cantors. A good time to pray, I thought. Opened the Bible and settled onto the couch in one of the rooms off the student lounge. … Continue reading

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Three Days

Today is the last day of Lent. The Paschal Triduum begins with the evening liturgy of the Last Supper. In most places this is a Mass, but my friend and fellow blogger John reports that in rural Honduras, other options … Continue reading

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Sacraments During The Triduum

A quick primer on sacraments during the Paschal Triduum: Baptism takes place at the Easter Vigil, or on Easter morning, possibly. Infants don’t seem to fit at the Vigil very well, and Sunday Mass can be quite busy, if not … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 26: Image of Eternity

Counting can be a problem, at first glance. Old Testament literalists may fuss at Christians for shifting Sabbath observance to the first day. But in our weird way of counting time, and adding a dollop of the transcendant to the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 26:69-75

It is a timely reading for Holy Week, and we hear Peter’s denial every year at this time. Sometimes twice. Would we add a third time at a Communal Penance liturgy, or in form I with an individual penitent? As … Continue reading

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Socks Off

David Gibson summarizes two millennia and recent history on washing feet Holy Thursday evening. He does stumble when attributing it to “church law.” Viri selecti is descriptive of a 1956 presumption, and hardly prescriptive. Except for people who want it … Continue reading

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EG 144: Speaking From An Enlightened Heart

What does it mean to “speak from the heart”? Is it just enthusiasm and charisma? Pope Francis suggests something deeper: enlightenment. I think the Holy Father is asking questions of the Church’s preachers. Are they aware of and formed by the … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Reminds Liturgical Ministers

One or two of my colleagues think I pamper my liturgical ministers. A person in an important role in worship should not need a reminder. But on the sign-up forms, we give them an opportunity to check a box that … Continue reading

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Bad Bishops: “Bad Pope, Bad Catholics”

Jimmy Mac sent me this link. After pondering that some prelates were maybe slugging down too much anise aperitif, I was thinking about 89 pages. Is that all? To be truthful: once you’re on a roll, why stop with 10.79 … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 24-25: The Day of the New Creation

With these two sections, John Paul II looks at “The day of the new creation.” He cites Jewish/Christian connections in the Scriptures. Linking the Creation account with the Christological hymn of the letter to the Colossians. 24. A comparison of … Continue reading

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The Worship of Hate

It’s no laughing matter, certainly, but the white supremacist in my former city seemed unable to shoot straight, murdering three Christians in an attempt to rid the world of Jews. Or maybe he was shooting straight, or didn’t care. Daniel Burke … Continue reading

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I See No Blood Upon The Moon

I hadn’t realized there was such a fuss about this morning’s eclipse. Of course the moon turns red. That’s a good sign: the Earth possesses an atmosphere. A black moon would be trouble–it would mean someone sucked all the air … Continue reading

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I See

I was thinking about Joseph Plunkett’s poem. I first read it in the poetry appendix of Christian Prayer more than thirty years ago. The musical setting I was first familiar with was that of Michael Joncas from his collection Every … Continue reading

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